Speaking during Mugabe’s 93rd birthday celebration in Matobo, Matabeleland South province, on Saturday, Zanu PF youth leader, Kudzanai Chipanga called on Mugabe to fire all his four Cabinet ministers in charge of economic ministries, accusing them of spending time politicking instead of crafting turn around strategies for the country’s comatose economy.
We are in a war-like situation. We are fighting sanctions, which were imposed on our country, which are hurting our economy and we are glad that the President has been doing whatever he can to transform our economy, but we see that the foot soldiers, who happen to be ministers in charge of economic ministries, some of them we feel they are not doing enough. Some of them are busy politicking, but we feel that when it comes to the issue of the economy, it needs full attention and full commitment, hence, we have this feeling that there might be a need for His Excellency to appoint some people, who are not politicians, but technocrats qualified for those jobs.
Chipanga declined to name and shame the targeted ministers, but proposed that their ministries be turned into a department falling under the Office of the President and Cabinet. Mugabe’s Cabinet has four ministries directly linked to the economy. These are Finance and Economic Deveopment headed by Patrick Chinamasa, Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion (Obert Mpofu), Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures (Simon Khaya Moyo), and Industry and Commerce (Mike Bimha).